REVIEW: The Silence of Six by E.C Myers




Thursday, June 18, 2015



My rating: 



“What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?”

These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein’s best friend, Evan: Just moments after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential debate at their high school, he kills himself.

Haunted by the image of Evan’s death, Max’s entire world turns upside down as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting to prove his own innocence, Max goes on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.

Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances, and virtual identities — all while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late.





“What is the silence of six and what are you going to do about?"


REACTION AFTER READING THE BOOK

Oh boy this book is so good!
I'm a pretty slow reader and I just breezed through this book like it was nothing.
It has all the elements of a book that I really like.


Seemingly realistic events
Likeable and believable characters
No information overload (Like Ready Player One)
Keeps you at the edge of your seat
A page turner
No insta-love (thank goodness!!)
The writing was good.


This book is so fucking good.
I highly recommend this.
I wish more people would read it honestly.
It's very unfortunate that some good books, like this one, don't get the exposure they deserve.

Anyways... Here's a short gist for this book.

THE GIST


Death of a friend.
Hackers.
Frame-up.
Conspiracy.
Quest for the truth.



THE CHARACTERS

Max:I really liked Max. At first, he seemed like he was a douche. I'm not going to tell you why, because it would probably be a sort of spoiler. So no. I'm not going to say. But the good thing about him was that he totally redeemed himself as the story progresses. He was a strong and admirable character. Although, I would say that he what he did with the entire thing is a bit unrealistic. He's just a high school kid being hunted down by the FBI and those other bad guys. He could only do so much, right? I mean I believe the hacker things. I believe that a high school kid could possibly hack a high security website, but to keep himself out of danger when the people who he is up against has lots of controls to anything he has access on? It would have been slighly more believable if he was a secret agent or something and not a high school kid. Hehe.

Penny: I really liked how her character was revealed. Like Max, this girl is super smart and does so good at what she does. Which is hacking. Yes. A girl hacker. She was so cool. She isn't the typical damsel in distress. And the thing I liked most about her was how relateable she is. For me at least. She was an older sister who would do anything to protect her sister, even if it meant turning away from something important.

Evan: You never get to meet this guy but you feel that you already know him. How he responds to things and how obesessive he could sometimes get with all his hacking stuff. He is very passionate in what he was doing. At first, what he did seemed a bit shady, but I learned to love the guy, most especially towards the end. It was such a surprise.

The EVIL guy: I was totally caught off guard with this. Like a lot of things in this book, the bad guy was not who I expected it to be. So that is pretty cool!

ROMANCE

No insta-love!!! THANK FUCKING GOD!

I liked how the relationship between Penny and Max was not the insta-love/insta-attraction type. You see the chemistry between them. You see how they both fit together. And the even better thing about it was, it didn't take anything from the story. The author knows what to focus on. And he focus on the right one. He focused more on the plot line that was initially introduced in the story, not the budding love story subplot.

THE PACE

It was amazing. It would keep you at the edge of your seat the entire time. There is never a dull moment in this book. Everything was fast and informative. It was like all the scenes in this book was necessary to figure out what Evan meant by "Silence of Six". This book was like a Mission Impossible movie in book format. Although, this isn't really comparable to the action that MI has, but you get what I mean right? How everything is much faster in the movies? :D

THE WRITING

I loved the writing.

Let me just start to say that the author did not think, his readers were stupid. He gives us enough information for us to understand what was going on without over-exposing us to tons of information that we don't really need at all. He lets his reader do the imagining. He lets us use our brains. No information overload.

*cough*READY PLAYER ONE*cough*

This is a book about hackers getting entangled with something they shouldn't be. The author used some terminologies to give us a feel of how (possibly) hackers communicate and think. He didn't just through random hacker code everywhere just for the fun of it or to impress the readers about how much he knows about hacker language or works. There was none of that. And I appreciate that a lot.

FINAL WORDS

I highly recommend this for those of you guys who are so fed up of YA dystopian and want to try a fast paced thriller about a younger hacker who is trying to figure out the conspiracy that his dead friend discovered.

Please YA authors!!! Write more original and heart pumping books!!!! I beg you. I love YA, but I am getting really slumpy with the ones that I have been reading because of the typical format that most YA books have now. I think I mentioned this one on of my older reviews too, but yeah you guys get what I mean right?

The Silence of Six is a highly recommended book for me. I would like to say that it's one of the best books I've read so far this year. And I really hope books like these would be more known than some over-hyped books that are honestly, not really that good. I'm not saying that some over-hyped books are bad, but most of them are just really over-hyped.

Anyways, yes, read this! Read this really!!!

If you guys have read this, or haven't read it... Please leave me some comments below so we can chat about this great book.


1 comments:

  1. I don't think that I have seen this before. It sounds like a book that I could so get into. I love something fast paced and all this suspense and hacker/ computer thing sounds great. Thanks for your review.

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